Las Cruces City Manager receives “excellent” review from city council

City of Las Cruces
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 12:03pm

Las Cruces City Manager Robert Garza completed his third year as city manager on January 1 and Monday received a unanimous “excellent” rating from the Las Cruces City Council for his performance as the city’s chief executive officer. Garza became city manager January 1, 2011. He undergoes two-annual City Council reviews. January reviews consist solely of the terms of his employment contract. July reviews are strictly performance-based.

Since his last performance review held July 1, 2013, Mayor Ken Miyagishima said Garza’s performance continues to be outstanding. “Robert’s leadership and guidance have stabilized the city’s financial status despite slow economic recovery and decisions made at the legislative level. Robert and his staff have kept spending flat and managed to hold the number of full-time employees to 1,338 for the past two years. My fellow city councillors and I know this has not been easy, but changes he’s instituted have had minimal impact to the citizens of Las Cruces.”

As a result of today’s contract review, Garza will receive a 4% pay increase, bringing his annual salary to $172,910:
• 2% Cost of living increase.
• 2% Performance-based increase.

City Council will ratify the changes to Garza’s contract at its January 21 meeting. Garza’s employment contract continues through Dec. 31, 2016.

The city manager is the sole employee of the City Council. All other City employees report to the city manager. Currently, Garza oversees an adopted fiscal year 2013-2014 budget of $280,377,068.

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